13 September 2010 ~ 0 Comments

The Book by M. Clifford

The first line is “Don’t read the book.” to which I replied, mentally, “Um, I bought it, I’m reading it, gosh darn it!”. From there, the first chapter or so was rough going. The author could have used a rewrite or a bit of a reedit on it, it felt choppy and not at all like the rest of the text. I pushed through reading this and I’m glad I did, I usually would have given up. It got better after he got past the initial set up of the book. Hmmm… perhaps he’ll rewrite it for Kindle and swear it was like that the whole time? *laughing*

Okay, so the book itself is a fairly interesting concept, government conspiracy, a hero, a villian – all the makings of a fun read. I will say that reading it on my Kindle was an interesting experience simply because of the subject matter. It’s kind of like Fahrenheit 451 meets The Matrix in that respect.

I vacillated between three and four stars for this book. I felt parts of it were too long. I felt there was a rush at the end a bit. I still don’t completely understand one small aspect of the end of the book, even after re-reading parts of it to try to figure it out. The biggest turn off for me was that the author takes himself too seriously and it shows and what he’s written about his writing – I’m not sure if I read it somewhere else or in the book itself, but I felt it was a little too paranoid for my tastes. BUT because I realize that that really has nothing to do with the writing, I opted for four stars. I really did enjoy reading it.

The author’s character development feels a bit shallow for some of the characters. I wanted to know a little bit more about a few of them. At the same time, there were some I felt we knew too much about for the storyline. BUT it doesn’t take away from the fact that Mr. Clifford has written a darn good novel. If you like stuff like this, it’s not to be missed.

Recommended. For maximum effect, read it on an ebook reader though 🙂

It begins with four words: “Don’t read The Book.” All information, past and present, is controlled by The Book, a handheld digital reading device that exists in a paperless, sustainable, dystopian future that looks shockingly similar to our own. Among the multitude of Book lovers, we find Holden Clifford, a simple sprinkler-fitter who is content with his small life. Through his favorite story, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden discovers an inconsistency between the digital version and a rare paper page, preserved in the form of “recycled” wallpaper in his favorite Chicago bar, The Library. His quest for answers leads him beyond the page to discover a secret library of books and a man named Winston who explains the subtle, potent censorship of every story ever written. Alongside a group of like-minded readers called the Ex Libris, Holden dedicates himself to freeing the world from the grip of the Publishing House. His heroic mission draws him hastily into a dangerous scheme to overthrow the Editors of The Book and save the last remnant of printed words left on earth. As his mission unfolds and the depth of their government’s deception reveals itself, Holden is forced to accept that the only way to succeed may be to sacrifice the one thing they love more than life—books. THE BOOK is a cautionary tale, pertinent for our time, in the way 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 were for their own. The theme is expected to resonate with lovers of all books, digital and paperbound.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2010: 66

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